Allison here. I grew up playing in a barn. What a magical, dirty messy smelly place. It was the best hide-and-go seek venue. The barn had rope swings and balance beams and hay to cushion the fall. I fed baby calves with a Coke bottle and a nipple. I have wonderful memories. I also love quilts. What a juxtaposition. Quilts are soft, clean (most of the time), organized and they are used for quiet times. In my case, I loved curling up under an old feather quilt and escaping into a good book. Two ideal worlds and I grew up with the best of them. I feel so lucky.
I live in Cache Valley and I drive through several small towns to get to work every day. I am lucky enough to pass several large barns. Every time I drive by these barns I get a bit nostalgic. I am lucky because several sport massive pieces of art work. The barn quilt.
What is a barn quilt? If you do not know you probably cringe at the thought of putting a quilt anywhere near a barn. Don’t fret. The concept of the barn quilt began with Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother and her mother’s Appalachian heritage. She did this by having a painted quilt hung on her barn in Adams County, Ohio. Well….sometimes work gets in the way and Donna talked about this project for awhile before starting. Through her friends and city auxiliaries the idea morphed into creating 20 quilt blocks and a “trail” that visitors could follow and travel as they viewed the country side.
The first quilt trail was hardly begun and the idea caught on. Quilters from neighboring Brown County, Ohio started their own project. Each year more and more quilt trails pop up. In Kentucky, the Bluegrass State boasts more than 800 painted quilts. This simple but amazing idea has traveled through 48 states and Canada. It is so fun to witness history in the making. There has not been a painted quilt block documented before the Ohio Star in 2001. Donna Sue Groves idea has inspired many individuals across the country to be part of the largest bluegrass art movement in our history.
I am proud to say that the great state of Utah has joined this movement. I am also thrilled that Allyson Hyldahl from the Cache Valley Barn Quilt Trail has located and combined a map the Top of Utah Barn Quilt Trail.
This fun map is a self guided tour through the Top of Utah. You can find barn quilts displayed on barns, sheds, porches, garages and front porches.
I cannot wait! I have gassed up my car, packed the snacks and filled the Diet Coke glass! You cannot take a tour without your favorite playlist. Even though I have lived in Cache Valley 30+ years it is so fun to see your country through a new set of eyes. If you are looking for something fun to do in Cache Valley. join me! Thank you Allyson Hyldahl for providing this opportunity. Pictures and a report to follow! Follow me in your own location. Let’s see what is out there!
The Barn Quilt Road Trip Queen